RMC Product Reviews
Reviews of great new products scale model railroader, presented by the Railroad Model Craftsman staff. Please contact Tony Cook to have your product considered for review.
July 13, 2017
With the addition of the ACS-64 to Kato’s already impressive list of 1:160 scale Amtrak equipment, the passenger train-oriented N-scaler can easily keep pace with the ever-changing rail industry.
April 12, 2017
Westerfield kits, by virtue of using molded urethane resin for most of their components, require a bit more experience and patience to complete successfully. The end result is a detailed, properly weighted and free rolling HO-scale model of a widely used, early 20th Century railroad stock car.
March 30, 2017
The Mini-Hy Cubes, while limited to only a few original owners, do represent a very colorful and interesting prototype that saw service across many different U.S. railroads and, therefore, are perfectly suited for inclusion in almost any consist dated from late 1967 through the 1980s era.
February 14, 2017
Athearn is releasing detailed new N scale models of TrailerTrain F89F flatcars and UPS 40-foot drop-frame trailers later this year. Railroad Model Craftsman gives you a sneak peak at these exciting new products for contemporary modelers.
January 18, 2017
Tom Yorke has been producing exceptional O scale kits since the 1970s. The reviewer found it interesting how easy it was to convert a non-scale item like the Lionel disconnect trucks into scale by simply converting the wheels and coupler.
December 19, 2016
Tangent’s new G34 gondola, available in Pennslvania, Penn Central, and Conrail, would be right at home on nearly any North American railroad from the 1960s to the present.
November 8, 2016
Kato has always been a strong supporter of Amtrak for N-scale fans and has recently turned its attention to the rail passenger carrier’s very first new equipment purchases from the 1970s.
October 19, 2016
With their first HO-scale release, Trainworx has answered the decades-long wishes of many HO-scale modelers seeking a proper mix of trailers in their piggyback trains with not only one style, but two different drop-frame 40-foot intermodal vans.
October 12, 2016
The HO San Juan Decals set provides a number of options for recreating 17000- and 18000-series coal hoppers that served Rio Grande in the 1960s and 1970s.
February 11, 2016
The recent introduction by Monster Model and Laser Works of laser etched laser board sheets representing concrete paving in a variety of configurations now allows the model builder to quickly lay out realistic concrete paved streets and sidewalks easily with excellent results.